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Oregon Area Senior Center hosts Brat Bash

The Oregon Area Senior Center will host its seventh annual Brat Bash May 8, according to the center's website.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center at 219 Park Street. Attendees can purchase fresh-grilled brats or hot dogs for $3 or $2, respectively. Both include chips, and beverages will be available for $1.

According to the website, entertainment begins at noon.

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Oregon Summer Fest returns in late June

The village's annual summer festival will return in late June. 

The Oregon Summer Fest is scheduled from June 25-28 to included live music, a carnival, market, car show, parade, fireworks and a 5K or 10K race, according to the event's website. 

The fireworks are scheduled at dusk at Kiser Park on June 25. Musicians Universal Sound will perform from 7-11:30 p.m. and the carnival begins at 5 p.m.

The carnival continues June 26 and Cherry Pie will perform at 8:30 p.m. for an $8 cover. There will also be hot air balloon rides, organizers said. 

The Fest Market and the run/walk take place June 27

The parade is scheduled June 28 at 12:30 p.m.  The fireworks fundraiser supported by the Lions Club called Thrilla on the Grilla will take place June 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with food, music and a raffle. 

Postcard event to demonstrate 'Texting Back in the Day'

The Oregon Area Historical Society and Oregon Public Library will host "Texting Back in the Day" April 25, according to a release from the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce.

The release said UW-Whitewater professor Linda Robinson is presenting the event, which features the reading of an Oregon schoolgirl's postcards depicting Whitewater in 1913. Bernice Hanan of Oregon wrote postcards home almost every day during her first summer attending the Normal School at Whitewater, and her cards provide a glimpse into the lives of young people in the early 20th century.

Oregon movie night brings 'Dolphin Tale' to families

According to the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, families can enjoy the movie "Dolphin Tale" and food Saturday night at Oregon's Presbyterian Church.

Movie nights take place every second Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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Teacher, Red Cross volunteer to be honored by org

Brooklyn Elementary School teacher Dale Schulz will be among those honored by the American Red Cross at the “Southwest Wisconsin Heroes Breakfast,” to be held May 6 in Madison... Read More

Woman meets 'donor sister' 20 years after transplant

Two decades after an Oregon woman received a life-saving liver transplant, she has learned she isn't the only one.

It's been 21 years since Beverly Mares was saved from a deadly cirrhosis diagnosis by that transplant. The donor was an 18-year-old woman killed in a car accident.  Mares has kept in touch with her family over the years, visiting often and even celebrating holidays and life milestones together.

"I feel like a part of their family, and I think they feel like a part of ours," she says.  

Just last month, Mares' donor family unexpectedly grew just a little bigger after meeting a woman at a church event - a donor recipient, just like her.

"[I asked,] 'Where was your donor from?' 'Oh, northern Wisconsin,'" Mares recalled the conversation. "I come to find out she has Missy's heart, and I have Missy's liver."

Prison guard properly fired after bullying colleague

A state hearing examiner says a prison guard who bullied a colleague who later committed suicide was properly fired.

The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission examiner cites an internal investigation following the guard's death in which dozens of staffers were interviewed at Oakhill Correctional Institution.

The State Journal said examiner Stuart Levitan found Oakhill failed to investigate or properly respond to allegations of bullying and harassment among staff at the Fitchburg prison. Levitan found officers who transferred from a juvenile facility that was closed were targeted for harassment because their seniority gave them preferred status on scheduling and overtime.

A 52-year-old guard killed himself in March 2012 after what his wife, daughter and co-workers described as a pattern of bullying by fellow employees.